M's sign Iwakuma to minor league contract

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners have signed pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma to a minor league contract, the team announced Monday.

The deal comes with an invitation to their spring training camp.

Iwakuma has spent the last six years with the Mariners after coming to the U.S. from Japan. Last year was cut short by injury -- Iwakuma only had six starts and went 0-2 with a 4.35 ERA in 31 innings pitched before being put in the disabled list for a shoulder issue in early May. He would never return and underwent arthroscopic right shoulder debridement surgery on Sept. 27, the team said.

Iwakima has compiled a career 63-39 record with the Mariners with a 3.42 ERA including 714 strikeouts in 150 appearances (136 starts.) He also pitched the 5th no-hitter in Mariners history in 2015.

He signed with the Mariners after spending 11 seasons in the Japan Pacific League where he was 107-69 with a 3.25 ERA.

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